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Supervisor for a drywall contractor was fatally injured when he fell and became entangled in the frame of a manually propelled 6-foot mobile scaffold.

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 99OK013, 2000 Apr; :1-6
A 31-year-old male supervisor for a drywall contractor died on April 29, 1999, from head injuries he received the previous day in a fall from a 6-foot mobile scaffold. At the time of the incident, the victim was part of a two-man crew installing drywall inside an addition to a hospital. The supervisor was working from the scaffold installing drywall on the top section of the room when he suddenly fell. The scaffold was not fully planked and its wheels were not locked. The exact circumstances of the fall are unclear since the activities of the supervisor immediately preceding the fall were not witnessed. The co-worker heard a sound, looked over, and saw the victim and the scaffold hit the floor. He immediately went to obtain assistance. A physician working nearby responded within two minutes. Emergency room staff transported the victim to the emergency room within ten minutes. The worker was hospitalized and died the following day from his injuries. FACE investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that scaffolds are fully planked and that scaffold casters and wheels are locked to prevent movement of the scaffold; 2. ensure that the scaffolding selected is appropriate for the work being performed; and 3. develop, implement, and enforce work procedures and provide adequate training for mobile scaffold users.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Scaffolds; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99OK013; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division